When the pandemic descended in the spring and nearly all schools transitioned online, it was very challenging for educators to pivot without any preparation or warning. Now that we are starting the 20-21 school year, many teachers are finding themselves still online or in a hybrid setting. Are you looking for ways to infuse your online classroom with new ideas and resources? The following list should get you headed in the right direction.
Social Media Accounts to Follow
@alicekeeler: An EdTech guru, Alice tweets regularly about ways to integrate educational technology seamlessly into your curriculum. She also posts plenty of videos and tutorials on every topic #edtech.
@ICTEvangelist: Mark Anderson is a master of many trades, but he is fanatical about his support of ICTE. Often posting multiple times a day, Mark shares original content and re-tweets ideas and tips for teachers.
@engineeringgals: Female engineers are highlighted regularly. They share their bios and interact with followers. A great resource for inspiring future STEM girls!
@igamemom: This STEM mom is LIT. She posts STEM activities for kids that can be completed at home with minimal resources.
Education Week – This popular education website not only offers a variety of informational articles about education, but it also creates professional development webinars to provide educators with strategies and advice for teaching online.
Equip – Powered by Learning.com, Equip offers a guide to walk teachers through successful strategies for distance learning using videos and articles for educators.
KQED Teach – These hands-on professional development opportunities focus on media literacy. The courses range from podcast and video production to critical thinking and analysis of classroom media.
NASA – NASA offers a variety of online professional development webinars for educators and administrators that address creative ways to get students engaged in STEM.
PBS Teacherline – PBS has developed professional development courses that cover a wide range of topics, including instructional technology, strategies, leadership, and core academic subjects (math, language arts, science, and social studies).
ISTE – ISTE may be virtual this year, but it is still going to be AWESOME! The theme is “Reinventing Education Together”. Speakers include Jaime Donnally, Susie Boss, and Clauio Zavala.
NSTA –Although the conference is now complete, they are offering access to all their virtual sessions on the website.
WOC STEM—The Women of Color STEM conference is virtual this year as well. Five different learning tracks mean your experience will be personalized to fit your needs.